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Safa Al Ahmad Documentary Screening: Yemen Under Siege (2016) and Targeting Yemen (2019)
November 18, 2019, 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm EST
Safa Al Ahmad, documentarian and journalist, will receive the 2019 Wallenberg Medal and deliver the Wallenberg Lecture on Tuesday, November 19 at 7:30 p.m. in Rackham Auditorium. The evening prior to the event, we will host a screening of Safa’s two most recent documentaries, Yemen Under Siege (2016) with a run time of 35 minutes, and Targeting Yemen (2019) with a run time of 22 minutes. At great personal risk, Safa Al Ahmad has been one of the few journalists to report from the ground on the crisis and conflict between Houthi rebels, militant groups, and the Yemeni government and its Saudi allies. Her documentaries for PBS’s Frontline reveal the human cost and the underlying contending interests that are engaged in a deadly and complex regional conflict. As an Arab woman, she has won precious access to communities and human beings suffering in this war. Her courageous reporting has provided essential and intimate perspectives that challenge assumptions that often shape conventional journalistic narratives.